At­tempted coup: Thou­sands of po­lice sus­pended

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Turkey purged its po­lice on Mon­day af­ter round­ing up thou­sands of sol­diers in the wake of a failed mil­i­tary coup, and said it could re­con­sider its friend­ship with the United States un­less Wash­ing­ton hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

The sack­ing of thou­sands of po­lice of­fi­cers fol­lowed or­ders for the de­ten­tion of thou­sands of judges and pros­e­cu­tors in the af­ter­math of Fri­day night’s coup, in which more than 200 peo­ple were killed when a fac­tion of the armed forces tried to seize power.

The swift re­sponse, in­clud­ing calls to re­in­state the death penalty for plot­ters, drew con­cern from West­ern al­lies who said Ankara must up­hold the rule of law in the coun­try, a NATO mem­ber that is Wash­ing­ton’s most pow­er­ful Mus­lim ally.

The in­te­rior min­istry said 8,777 peo­ple had been re­moved from their posts, in­clud­ing 7,899 mem­bers of the po­lice and se­cu­rity forces, the state-run Anadolu news agency re­ported on Mon­day.

Sur­ren­dered Turk­ish sol­diers who were in­volved in the coup are beaten by a civil­ian on Bospho­rus bridge in Is­tan­bul, Turkey, yes­ter­day.

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